Factsheet for case PT-2020-22/1228 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 29 May 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Paula Carrilho and Heloísa Perista (CESIS)|
|Case created||02 October 2020 (updated 01 June 2021)|
Following the declaration of the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic on 18 March 2020 (Decree Law 2-A/2020 of 20 March), and subsequent lockdown, the adoption of telework, regardless of the employment relationship and whenever the functions concerned would allow it, became mandatory.
The Resolution of the Council of Ministers 40-A/2020 of 29 May gives continuity to the lifting of lockdown process initiated on 30 April 2020, establishing that telework is mandatory in some specific situations.
From 11 September 2020 onwards, the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 70-A/2020 is in place, maintaining the previous regulations in what regards telework, and the specific situation of workers with disability or impairment.
The Resolution of the Council of Ministers 70-A/2020 of 11 September maintains the previous specific regulations established primarily by the Resolution of Council of Ministers 40-A/2020 of 29 May in what regards telework, and the specific situation of workers with disability or impairment. Telework is mandatory only when requested by the workers, regardless of the employment relationship and whenever the functions would allow it, especially in the following cases: a) those who have specific health conditions - hypertensive, diabetics, cardiovascular patients, patients with chronic respiratory disease, cancer patients and patients with renal failure (according to article 25-A of Decree-Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March, in its current wording); b) workers with disability or impairment – with 60% or more level of incapacity; and c) when workplaces or organisation of work do not ensure safety.
Not evaluated yet.
The COVID-19 risk group at the workplace
|Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Trade Union and employer confederations were consulted at the Standing Committee for Social Concertation.
Views are unknown.
Eurofound (2020), Telework and workers with disability or impairment - exceptional and temporary measure, case PT-2020-22/1228 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.